Tesla Model 3: 0-60 Time And Other Performance Metrics


The Tesla Model 3 is Tesla’s most popular model. The Tesla Model 3 has been the most sold electric car in the world for the past 4 years. Tesla began production of the Model 3 in 2017 and has continued to make improvements to the Model 3 each year. In 2021, Tesla sold 500,713 Model 3s. Okay, so we get it, people like the Tesla Model 3 but how does it perform? 

Here is a list of the Tesla Model 3’s 0-60 time and other performance metrics:

0-60 Time:  3.1s

Top speed: 162 mph

0-100 time: 8.2 seconds

60-0 braking time: 3 seconds 

Braking distance (60 to 0 mph): 99 ft 

¼ mile speed and time: 114 mph and 11.5 seconds

Nurburgring time: 9:00 min 

All of these performance metrics are a measure of the Model 3 Performance trim level. The Model 3 Performance offers dual motor all wheel drive. The Model 3 Performance is the most expensive trim level that is designed to have features that allow for heightened performance on the road and the track. The performance metrics for the base trim levels are going to be slightly different. In the standard Tesla Model 3 you are going to find a slower acceleration time, a slower top speed, and a longer braking time. 

The base trim level for the Tesla Model 3 still has very good performance specs for an everyday road vehicle. The Model 3 has a top speed of 140mph and a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds. Most sedan-type cars on the road are going to have an acceleration time between 6 and 8 seconds so having an acceleration under 6 seconds is still quite good. With this lower trim level you are only going to have rear wheel drive, all wheel drive isn’t an option for the trim level. 

How Much Has The 0-60 Time Improved From The Time It Was First Released Until Now?

Improvement is always something important to be thinking about pretty much with any aspect of life and that includes cars. The Tesla Model 3 didn’t sell as much in the first year as Tesla was expecting it to sell. The Tesla Model 3 has received many modifications since then but how do the performance metrics of the 2022 Model 3 compare to those of the first model? 

When the Model 3 was first released it had a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, which is 1.7 seconds slower than the 2022 Model 3 Performance is capable of doing. Something crazy to me is that that is actually quicker than the base trim level 2022 Model 3 by an entire second. I pulled these times from a test motortrend.com did and it is unclear what trim level they used. Both the long-range trim level and the standard trim level for the 2017 Model 3 are rear wheel drive so I don’t know what could be responsible exactly for the faster acceleration. 

The 2017 Model 3 has a quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds and reached 105 mph which is slower than the 2022 Model 3. Another test that was done on the 2017 Model 3 was the braking. From 60-0 the 2017 Model 3 stopped after 119 ft, an amazing 20 ft further than the 2022 Model 3. All in all it seems like the performance of the Model 3 has improved over the years and at an impressive rate seeing that it has only been around for 5 years now. 

Performance metrics are not the only thing that has improved for the Tesla Model 3. Other specs have also been changed over the years including the range of the car. In 2017 the Model 3 had a range of about 220 miles which was still a very impressive range at the time. Now the Model 3 has a range of about 272 miles which is over a 50 mile increase from the 2017 Model 3. Tesla continues to offer a long range trim level that will increase the range of the vehicle to over 300 miles. 

The rate at which technology is improving and changing for electric cars is incredible so I will not be surprised if these performance metrics will continue to improve after another five years. Tesla is also constantly looking at how to improve other aspects of the Model 3 not only the performance. Safety features have continued to be added over the years as well as a self-driving feature that gives the vehicle the ability to be almost completely autonomous, though it isn’t there quite yet. 

How Does The Model 3 0-60 Time Compare To Other Tesla Models?

Tesla’s other models also come with impressive performance specs. The Tesla Model X has a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds which is .7 seconds slower than the Model 3 Performance but a whole 2 seconds faster than the base Model 3. The Tesla Model X also comes with dual motor all wheel drive and a top speed of 155 mph. A dual motor all wheel drive drivetrain is what comes with the Model X. 

Next up, the Tesla Model Y, which is Tesla’s mid-size SUV that is designed to be more spacious and handle the rain and snow better than the Model 3. With an acceleration of 4.8 seconds the Model Y is still quicker to get to 60 mph by a whole second which is a lot of time in the car world. The top speed of the Model Y is 135 mph so it does have a slower top speed than the Model 3. AWD also comes standard with the Model Y so that is also something it has on the Model 3. 

Now to get to Tesla’s vehicle specially made for performance, the Tesla Model S. The Tesla Model S is definitely Tesla’s most sporty looking model which makes sense seeing that it also has the top performance metrics of any of their models. The base trim level actually has the same acceleration time as the Model 3 Performance, 3.1 seconds. Its top speed is actually slower than the top speed of the Model 3 Performance being at just 155 mph. Like the Model Y and X the Model S also comes with dual motor AWD. 

Those metrics are for the base trim level though and if you were to get the Model S Plaid it comes with an impressive top speed of 200 mph when you get special upgrades and an incredible 0-60 mph time of 1.99 seconds. To reach this impressive speed the Model S Plaid has a tri motor all wheel drive instead of simply a dual motor system. The Model S Plaid is Tesla’s highest performance vehicle. It even broke the record on the world famous Nurburgring track for the fastest lap driven by a production electric vehicle.

Depending on what model you get there are two to three different trim levels that you can choose from for each vehicle. Each trim level is going to have different specifications and performance metrics. Tesla provides a comparison tool on its website to help customers compare different models and trim levels so you can see how these specifications and performance metrics compare with one another. Depending on where you plan on driving your electric car you may want to look at these comparisons before purchasing an electric car.

If you are planning on just driving your electric car around the city or to and from work each day it doesn’t really matter which one you choose but if you plan on taking long road trips in your electric vehicle you may want to consider getting an electric vehicle like the Model 3 Long Range to allow you to have those extra miles before having to charge up. 

The Model X also has a long range trim level so that could also be a good option. The different models and trim levels are also going to have different costs so it is important to keep your budget in mind when considering what electric car you may want to buy seeing that the price of Tesla vehicles gets all the way up to $138,000 (the Tesla Model X Plaid). The standard Model 3 is the most affordable option starting at around $47,000.

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